Criteria for Halal Certification of Non-Food Production Factories
(Examples: Cosmetics, Pharmaceuticals, Body Care, Leather Products, Etc.)
1. The processing plant/ factory must be inspected and certified by our organization for applying certain protocols according to Islamic Rites in the procurement, processing, labeling and sale of Halal products. HTO will issue an annual Plant Halal Certificate upon complying with these criteria.
2. The plant must be under the inspection of health officials to ensure safe use and truth in labeling; applies a quality control program (HACCP) and has a current Grant of Inspection.
3. The plant must develop a standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for Halal processing based on our procedures and criteria focusing on the Haram Critical Points (HCP). (See examples of Critical Materials listed below).
4. There must not be any processing of pork or pork products in the same facility.
5. The raw products to be further processed must be derived from approved sources and must not contain prohibited (Haram) material. (See list of Haram elements on our website: halaltransactions.org).
6. Raw materials derived from questionable origin or contain animal byproducts must be accompanied with a Halal certificate. 7. The cases of received raw products to be used in further processing should be clearly marked with product information, including: product name, lot number, source, volume/case count and date of production and stored in a clean receiving area separated from shipping.
8. Processing of Halal products should be performed at the beginning of the work shift when all the machines are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized using approved chemicals and preceded by a pre-operation inspection performed by a qualified QA person.
9. Any processing aid, agent, media, other additives and packaging material should be preapproved first and must not contain pork, alcohol, blood elements or suspicious material.
10. The finished Halal products must not come in contact or mixed with other non-Halal or forbidden materials during any stage of processing, packaging or storage.
11. The finished products must not contain allergens or hazardous materials. If any allergen must be used it should be listed with a warning on the product label.
12. Samples of the finished products should be tested for impurities and other unwanted elements either in house or sent to a third party lab.
13. The plant should have a good system of marking, tracking, tracing and recall of products inside the plant and from source to market.
14. Clear labels must be placed on the packages of finished products bearing: plant name and number; name of product; ingredients; production and expiration dates and handing instructions; The plant guarantees the quantities, qualities and proper labeling of the products according to customer’s specifications and importing countries’ requirements.
15. The product’s label should include listing and warning of any allergens present in the finished products and any possible side effects.
16. The Halal products should be stored in clean coolers/storage facilities and transported on clean, vehicles and accompanied with the proper documents.